BY JON WHITEN
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
If there were any remaining doubts about the need for health care reform in New Jersey they should be dispelled by today’s release of the US Census Current Population Survey, which shows a dramatic increase in the uninsured in the state. The number of uninsured below age 65 increased to 1.3 million in 2011-2012, up from 865,000 in 1999-2000. That 45 percent increase is much higher than the national increase of 29 percent, and it caused the uninsurance rate in New Jersey to jump to a staggering 16.8 percent.